Originally Posted by realestatecody
walls are black, carpet is a real dark brown
That sounds like a mighty fine room that would pair exceptionally well with any number of low gain, smooth white fixed-frame screens.
There's no particular reason to spend a lot of money for a simple solid white screen, though. The only thing you need to worry about avoiding is added gain or texture. It can be very hard to tell without reviews whether or not a screen will be textured or smooth.
The only thing any particular brand should be able to add to the equation is a more robust or easily assembled frame.
This is also the easiest circumstance to simply paint and frame-off a section of wall if you felt like going that route instead. The white pigment in simple flat interior wallpaint is one of the most perfect screen-surfaces you'll be able to find. If your wall is reasonably smooth, you can just tape off an area, roll on two coats with a 1/4" roller, pull the tape and set a frame.
The performance alone is worth it if at all possible. The price just adds the best imaginable cherry on top.
The $1000 can then go into the replacement lamp budget or count toward the future upgrade fund.
You'd also do well to darken the ceiling if it isn't already. In a room that dark, even a middle grey shade will look surprisingly bright on the ceiling.